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O'Malley met privately with Democratic party fundraisers in Florida over the weekend and heads to NH

tomorrow (5/13/15) to four events. Should be an announcement soon.

"No No: A Dockumentary" about pitcher Dock Ellison is now available on Netflix streaming

https://

For those unaware of Dock Ellis, he was a top pitcher in baseball (Pittsburgh 1968-1975 before bouncing around the league until 1979) in spite of and perhaps because of his heavy drinking and abuse of LSD and amphetamines. He was extremely outspoken and advocated for the rights of players and African Americans.

A Serious Candidate - From a Daily Beast article

Some excerpts:

On that debate stage was Martin O’Malley, a little-known City Councilman running a decidedly longshot campaign for mayor. He answered that the questioner and families like hers should stay in the city because if he was elected, he would bring it back, make the place worth living in again.


and

From 2000-2010, the incidents of crime in Baltimore dropped 43 percent, outpacing by a stretch the 11 percent drop that the nation saw during that period. The crime rate dropped by 40 percent. Graduation rates rose. Median home prices doubled. A new biotech park was built on the city’s east side. A new performing arts center was built on the west side. O’Malley was obsessed with numbers and metrics, and set up a 311 call center to track citizen complaints. A program called Project 5000 enlisted volunteer attorneys to help deal with the city’s massive vacant home problem as titles to those homes was eventually transferred to individuals and non-profits for redevelopment. The school system was pulled back from the fiscal brink. CitiStat, designed to track crime, helped bring the crime rate down and created a budget surplus of $54 million that was then reinvested in schools and programs for children. At last, the population stabilized. It was no longer necessary to flee, if you could. The number of college educated 25-to-34-year-olds living within three miles of downtown Baltimore increased 92 percent in the ten years after O’Malley became mayor, fourth among the nation’s 51st largest metro areas.


and

“I don’t recall O’Malley stating that he would do something about ‘black crime,’ just crime,” wrote liberal Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodericks towards the end of O’Malley’s time in City Hall. “Coming out of the long, dreary Schmoke years, Baltimoreans appreciated O’Malley’s almost singular focus, along with millions in increased funding dedicated to drug treatment for the city’s thousands of addicts who contribute, directly and indirectly, to 80 percent of crime.”

“He was trying to stop the crime on the streets. People were getting killed daily on Old York Road and in Park Heights,” Robert Nowlin, a Baltimore community activist told The Daily Beast. “He did something a lot of these mayors don’t do: He walked with the small people. A lot of these mayors stay in the affluent areas. He walked the streets.”


Whole article by David Freedlander can be found here. Well worth the read:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/06/you-have-martin-o-malley-all-wrong.html

DC Comics/Warner Brothers continues to rip off creators

Gerry Conway is not a fan of DC Comics’ currently royalty policies. The longtime comic creator wrote a post on his Tumblr late last month about the tricky policies the Warner Bros.-owned company currently employs regarding royalties creators receive when characters they’ve created make their way into different mediums like film and television.

Specifically, Conway notes that he created a character called Crystal Frost otherwise known as the villain Killer Frost. A version of that character, Caitlin Snow, is currently being used on the CW series Arrow, but he’s not getting any royalties because of the name change. As it happens, said name change was implemented by current comic writer Sterling Gates, but he’s not going to get any royalties because that version is derivative of the original character.

“Caitlin Snow was created by Sterling Gates and Derlis Santacruz,” Conway wrote. “Except, according to DC Entertainment, she wasn’t. Because she was ‘derived’ from the original creation of Killer Frost. Which means Al Milgrom and I created her. Except, according to DC Entertainment, we didn’t. Nobody created her. Or, rather, nobody gets credit and creator equity participation for creating her. And that, my friends, is truly obnoxious and despicable. DC Entertainment has created a marvelous catch-22 that allows them to cheat creators by using both sides of an argument to serve DC’s interests.”


Whole article here:
http://www.geek.com/news/power-girl-creator-calls-shenanigans-on-dcs-royalty-program-1622120/

Good article on O'Malley & Baltimore from the Christian Science Monitor

"Baltimore violence and Martin O'Malley's mayoral legacy"

His advisers note he created a civilian review board for police conduct, expanded drug treatment and saw a decline in excessive force complaints and police-involved shootings.

After two terms as mayor, he won two terms as governor with strong support in Baltimore.

"The people of Baltimore were given ample opportunities to express at the ballot box their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the direction that our city took to reduce violent crime, to reduce homicides, to make our city more livable," O'Malley said.


Whole article by Ken Thomas and Brian Witte here:
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2015/0504/Baltimore-violence-and-Martin-O-Malley-s-mayoral-legacy

Sartorial robot can fasten and unfasten a zipper by itself



The Sartorial Robotics effort from MIT’s Personal Robots Group is aimed at creating “robotic systems that utilize the human-centric system of clothing to create robotics for human-robot social interaction.” As part of that team, researcher Adam Whiton focused his Ph.D. thesis on developing the Zipperbot, a “robotic continuous closure for fabric edge joining.”

Using optical sensors, the Zipperbot is able to accurately align a zipper’s teeth so it doesn’t become jammed or snag on surrounding material. Motion sensors help the unit zip and unzip as needed.

In one demonstration, Whiton added the Zipperbot to a form-fitting skirt. The unit correctly adjusted the zipper based on the user’s movements (for example, unzipping a little to allow the wearer more freedom for walking). Another possible use for the Zipperbot is in “assistive clothing,” which would aid people with disabilities in dressing themselves. According to the Daily Mail, Whiton is also looking at ways to integrate the Zipperbot into biohazard suits, or in situations where hazardous materials or even bulky gloves don’t allow for touching clothing or other materials.


Whole article by Amy Norcross of Engineer Design News at
http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/tech-edge/4439283/Sartorial-robot-can-fasten-and-unfasten-a-zipper-by-itself?_mc=NL_EDN_EDT_EDN_funfriday_20150501&cid=NL_EDN_EDT_EDN_funfriday_20150501&elq=ac591a52446e4bd393dc3100931c497a&elqCampaignId=22802&elqaid=25655&elqat=1&elqTrackId=aa843acd742d40bdbfbb9b314671b4eb

Anyone seen "It's Such a Beautiful Day"?

It is an animated short from Don Hertzfeldt and is 1 hour and 2 min long. Very powerful film. After seeing it for the 1st time, I rewatched it 3 times. A real masterpiece. Highly recommend and it is available on Netflix streaming.

DU's O'Malley group is open...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1281
The MOMG? MOG?

O'Malley's Official Website

http://martinomalley.com/

He has a lot of his position pieces here, as well as speeches. Check it out.

Also, be sure to donate if you are able:
https://secure.martinomalley.com/page/contribute/today

O'Malley's resume

For people unaware of O'Malley, here's his resume:

http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/08conoff/gov/former/html/msa13090.html

The bottom quarter is good reading on O'Malley's positions and what he accomplished in Maryland.
A former Governing Magazine “Public Official of the Year,” Governor O’Malley was re-elected in 2010. His 2013 legislative successes were described in a Baltimore Sun editorial as “without many parallels in recent Maryland history.”

With a balanced approach of spending cuts, regulatory reform, and modern investment in education, innovation, and infrastructure, Governor O’Malley and his Administration are making better choices that are delivering better results, including:

Fastest rate of job growth in the region.
#1 ranking for best public schools in America for an unprecedented five years in a row (Education Week).
#1 ranking for holding down the cost of college tuition (College Board).
#1 ranking for innovation and entrepreneurship for two years running (U.S. Chamber of Commerce).

Under the Governor’s leadership, Maryland also ranks:

#1 nationally in median income,
#1 in Ph.D. scientists and researchers per capita,
#1 in Research and Development, and
#1 in businesses owned by women.


Called “arguably the best manager in government” by Washington Monthly magazine, Governor O’Malley has cut State spending more than any previous governor in Maryland’s history, balancing these record cuts with targeted, modern investments in priorities like public education. He has reduced the size of government to its smallest size since 1973 (on a per capita basis) and reformed how it is managed, so that it works more efficiently and accountably. His actions to save Maryland’s State pension system have made it sustainable over the long term. His fiscal stewardship has nearly eliminated Maryland’s structural deficit. His efforts to streamline, consolidate and digitize processes like business licensing are making Maryland a better place to do business.



PS, part of a public informational archive and not bound by copyright.

The O’Malley-Brown Administration has expanded health care to more than 380,000 previously uninsured Marylanders. It has reduced infant mortality to an historic low, and provided meals to thousands of hungry children as it moves forward toward its goal for eradicating childhood hunger.

The Governor’s policies have made strides in restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay and saving the Bay’s native blue crab and oyster populations.

The O’Malley Administration has secured millions of dollars in rate relief for Maryland energy consumers while jump-starting the creation of thousands of green energy sector jobs. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, Maryland led the charge for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first cap-and-trade auction of greenhouse emissions.

Governor O’Malley has cut income taxes for 86% of Marylanders and reformed Maryland’s tax code to make it more progressive. In addition, he signed the nation’s first statewide living wage law, along with some of the nation’s most comprehensive reforms to protect homeowners from foreclosure.

Declaring that Marylanders are bound together by “the common thread of human dignity,” Governor O’Malley signed legislation to protect individual civil marriage rights and religious freedom, along with legislation to protect voting rights. He signed – and successfully defended at the ballot box – the DREAM Act, which expands the opportunity of a college education to more Marylanders.


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